358 MFE OF The court and the administration returned from. BLdnigsberg to Berlin in December, 1809. Hmnboldt was expected on his journey to visit Frankfurt-on- the-Oder on the 18th, but it is doubtful whether he did so; the king and queen made their entry into Berlin on the 23rd. Before leaving Konigsberg7Humboldt had requested leave of absence to repair to Thuringia, and arrange family matters/ His father-in-law, Herr von Dachero- den, had died in the course of the year. Frau von Humboldt was the sole heiress, as a brother she had3 had died in 1806. The considerable inheritance which fell to her share consisted principally of the estates of Burgomer and ^uLeben, on which she had passed a great part of her youth, and the first years of her married life. The eldest son of this marriage received the royal permission to add the arms of the now ex- tinct family name to his own. On this journey Humboldt visited Goethe, in Wei- mar, and professor Hell, in Halle. The latter was a celebrated naturalist and physician^ as well as a most enlightened and liberal-minded man5 and was almost indispensable to such an undertaking as the new uni- versity. Humboldt, therefore, offered him. an appoint- ment in it, which he accepted, and soon afterwards removed from the Westphalian university to Berlin. On the 26th January, 1810, Humboldt returned to Berlimu His family stpl remained in Italy. Soon after his departure from !Ronae, he was gladdened by the news of the birth of a son, who received the name of Hermann. He was the second of Ms sons who sur- vived, and the youngest of his children. Frau von Humboldt lived alternately in Rome and Wa/ples3 and remained in constant intercourse with the artists wlxo frequented the former city, even when, after tine axrival of Cornelius and O verbeck, the romantic ca/tiŠ3ic tendencies prevailed. She wrote to a friend at thi& time : " I like them &H, witether they are new or old catholics, if they axe only good artists and good men. I most indeed count some caiihoijte converts among.